Fine Japanese Izakaya in San Francisco

Last night after over 10 hours of participating in #WCEF (World Crypto Economic Forum), #StartupFire team and startup CEO friend went to Japanese restaurant Ginto in city.

John actually has been invited by his VC friend, and then he really liked the food, so he also invited his student there last year.  Great food, great atmosphere, and great service!

delicious sashimi salad


Very Japanese fish with daikon oroshi was so tasty

Dessert: Taiyaki with two green ten ice cream.

Taiyaki is a Japanese fish-shaped cake. The most common filling is red bean paste that is made from sweetened azuki beans.


World Crypto Economic Forum Day1

World Crypto Economic Forum (#wcef) in the San Francisco Bay Area is the first of a series of events around the world to support the blockchain community and create a global network of entrepreneurs and developers in today’s fast-evolving blockchain economy.

Great to catch up with my great friend Yumi, who is CEO & Co-Founder of Lead, Making the first AI-powered career-oriented social platform that empowers women in the workplace.

There were so many participants around the world.

International Crypto Trends: Japan, Europe, Korea

Europe invested $1.76 Billion Dollars, North America invested $1.08 Billon Dollars on ICOs. There is no legislation to restrict bitcoin or cryptcurrencies  in Europe.  According to EU’s highest Court of Justice, Bitcoin is a currency, and not property.

In Korea, the bottom line is called as ” Kimchi Premium”.

Interesting article to read: Crypto This Week: Kimchi Premiums, China’s Bitcoin Miners, Valuation DipsBy Rakesh Sharma | Updated January 12, 2018 — 5:20 PM EST

The world largest bitcoin exchange bitFlyer is now in located in San Francisco, originally from Japan.

Christian is the founder of, an organization dedicated to the creation of peer-to-peer technologies as alternatives to existing centrally-controlled systems. Over the last 8 years, Christian has been involved in dozens of projects applying distributed solutions to a wide variety of problems across multiple industries including finance, supply chain management, healthcare, real estate, cannabis distribution, and more.

Eric is currently the Founder and CEO of Hub. He was a co-founder at LinkedIn, where he was the founding CTO and a VP. At LinkedIn, Eric helped create some of its core product features, which enabled the company to reach profitability and a quickly growing user base. Before that, Eric co-founded two other Internet companies in the time management, collaboration, and mobile areas. He enjoys working at the intersection of products, technologies and business models to create highly successful companies. Eric serves on the advisory board of, an online real estate company.

Jeremy Gardner:General Partner at Ausum Ventures, Cofounder at Augur, Blockchain Education Network.

Jeremy Gardner is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Blockchain Capital. He has been involved in the blockchain sector since 2013, and has founded several successful ventures in the industry.

In early 2014, Jeremy founded what is now known as the Blockchain Education Network (BEN). What began as a small hodgepodge of “bitcoin clubs”, quickly exploded into a global network of student organizations, spanning every continent, over thirty countries, and nearly four hundred schools today. Jeremy still serves as chairman of the board.

In late 2014, Jeremy co-founded Augur, a decentralized prediction market platform built on the Ethereum blockchain. Jeremy traveled the world, raising awareness for Augur. This culminated in the first “ICO” on Ethereum for Augur’s native token, REP, raising $5.2 million. Today, REP’s market capitalization hovers around $400 million, with Augur planning to launch in summer 2017.

Since joining Blockchain Capital, Jeremy has helped various portfolio companies navigate the industry, and bolstered their operations and marketing. He is also the editor-in-chief of Distributed, the only print magazine dedicated to blockchain technology.

Gil Penchina is a serial entrepreneur and super angel. He was an angel in Brave, Ripple, Filecoin, Civic, EOS and was actually an angel investor in the first crypto currency startup, Paypal in 1999.

He’s a frequent media contributor on Blockchain at:

He is a co-founder and advisor to and Partner at Ridge Ventures

Previously he was the founder of which manages over 25 investment syndicates with over 5,000 angel investors, a co-founder of Fastly, CEO of Wikia, now a top 50 website and was a member of the pre-IPO team at eBay. Before eBay, Gil worked at General Electric, Bain & Co. and started two small technology companies.

In addition, Gil has been an active angel investor in over 200 companies including firms such as Dollar Shave Club, Cruise Automotive, Linkedin, Paypal, AngelList, AltSchool, eShares, Wealthfront, Indiegogo, and many others.

Gil’s notes above.

#StartupFire is Online Incubator? Place for Now-ist

#StartupFire team enjoyed having a great Sunday in San Francisco.

Japan Town in San Francisco

Crazy Boy Rolls: The name attracted Crazy John and Alan

It was fine day but still cold, so we wanted to have some Udon to keep us warm.

We also had some hot sake!! We talked about our next event #StartupFire.

San Francisco Ferry Building

#StartupFire team walked together, always talking about how to save the world recently, not really interested in changing the world anymore. We really want to save more people around the world.

We kept talking about our life, jobs, cultures, VR, software,  medical device innovation, etc.

We had a great idea to describe ourselves as ‘Online Incubator’ today.

#StartupFire is the place for Now-ist.

We are here to connect everyone who want to save the world.


Today, our great friend Nicolas, who is CEO of MindContine also joined #StartupFire community.

MindContine  is the first program to combine Virtual Reality and Mindfulness-based Exposure Therapy (VR-MET) to train and empower you to quit smoking, and better yet, to avoid relapse.

Happy Russian New Year Party in San Francisco

Happy Russian New Year’s Celebration at Red Tavern in San Francisco.

Delicious Russian food

Beautiful fresh fish with vegetable

Yummy cake in the end with black coffee

Our great HBS friend invited #StartupFire team for Russian New Year Party tonight. There were a great group, legend photographer, venture capitalist, financial expert, beauty professional, super engineers, etc.

“S novym schastyem!”, which is translated as “Happy New Happiness!”.


Breakfast meeting in Palo Alto

Early Saturday morning started with such a great breakfast meeting with our great friends at Douce France in Palo Alto today.

Douce France, where you want to have a yummy French breakfast to be!

We talked about digital health, medical device, blockchain. We appreciate to our great friendship always.

#StartupFire team is looking forward to seeing you all again soon.

Have a beautiful weekend!

Food Tech from Umami Burger

Today #Startup Team had a lunch meeting at Umami Burger in Palo Alto.  We had Impossible burger and truffle burger.

One of our most uniquely designed and locally inspired restaurants, Umami Palo Alto on University Avenue features stacked bookshelves, mascot-adorned light fixtures, and community-sourced artwork.

Although the decor is all Norcal, Umami Palo Alto’s menu stays true to our Southern California roots.  Craft beers, chef-driven burgers, and unique side options make this restaurant  a staple for locals, students, and working professionals alike.

Impossible Food

is founded by Patrick Brown, a professor at Stanford, is one of them. Impossible Burger is made from plants but “looks, cooks, smells, sizzles and taste like conventional ground beef but is made entirely from plants” as they advertised.


truffled aioli, house truffle cheese, truffle glaze

Food Tech

is a sort of food science, but recently this word is mostly used for the startups who are developing the innovative food product and process based on the biochemistry and molecular biology. 

What are strategies for leading high-performing engineering teams?

Developing Developers Event was held at Asana in San Francisco on 11th of January, in 2018.

Engineering managers play many different roles based on the needs of their teams: coach, coder, architect, and recruiter. Their work is a key ingredient in their teams’ short-term execution and long-term velocity. As a result, it is imperative for high growth startups to develop great engineering managers and help them scale with their teams.

Dustin is the CEO and co-founder of Asana. As CEO, he’s as dedicated to creating a product that helps teams collaborate effortlessly as he is to crafting a culture where Asanas can thrive and do the best work of their careers. That’s pretty much why he launched Asana. Before that, he co-founded Facebook, where he was a key technical leader, working first as CTO and then as VP of Engineering. Dustin attended Harvard University for two years to study economics before moving to Palo Alto, CA, to work full time at Facebook.

Amazing developing developers talk and meetup event with many of the Bay Area’s top engineering leaders for an evening of food, drinks, and a town hall discussion about the role and best practices of engineering management.


Charity is the cofounder and CEO of, a new approach to observability for microservices and distributed systems, and the coauthor of “Database Reliability Engineering”. She has done everything from writing software to DBA’ing to engineering management, but her heart will always belong to operations.

Jessica McKellar is currently a founder and the CTO of Pilot, a bookkeeping firm powered by software. Previously, she was a founder and the VP of Engineering for Zulip, a real-time collaboration startup acquired by Dropbox. Before that, she was a computer nerd at MIT who joined her friends at Ksplice, a company building a service for rebootless kernel updates on Linux that was acquired by Oracle. These diverse experiences earned her a place in the Forbes 30 under 30 class of 2017 for enterprise software.

Michael Lopp is VP Engineering, Slack. He is a Silicon Valley-based engineering leader who builds both people and product at companies such as Borland, Netscape, Palantir, Pinterest, and Apple. While he’s not worrying about staying relevant, he writes about pens, bridges, people, poker, and werewolves at the popular weblog, Rands in Repose. He works as the VP of Engineering at Slack in San Francisco where he’s furiously working on helping teams reinvent work.

Prashant is the Head of Engineering at Asana. Before joining Asana, Prashant started and led the Bay Area team building Amazon DynamoDB, a fully managed NoSQL database service. He also led engineering for mobile advertising start-up Vdopia and worked on storage systems at IBM Research. Prashant earned an M.S. in Computer Science from UIUC, and a BTech(Hons) in Computer Science from BITS, Pilani.

Today’s Memo by #StartupFire Team

What are strategies for leading high-performing engineering teams?

What make your team do well?

* Make your team to understand the importance of work, they are working on together. Important to know the sense of value, the sense of accomplishment together.

* Create the long term product philosophy

* Managers should be supportive and make the organization feel upside down.

* Managers should have individualized relationships with all reports.

* Some of the best managers have spent time studying engineering and the best engineers have spent time studying management.

* Management takes time. One person said to his new director “I don’t expect you to ship anything during the next quarter”.

* At the end of every one-on-one, ask your report “what feedback do you have for me?” After a few months, they will start to answer the question.

WSGR Reception in San Francisco

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR) Reception was held at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on 11th of January in 2018.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is a modern art museum located in San FranciscoCalifornia. A nonprofit organization, SFMOMA holds an internationally recognized collection of modern and contemporary art, and was the first museum on the West Coast devoted solely to 20th-century art. The museum’s current collection includes over 33,000 works of painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, design, and media arts.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR) is a law firm in the United States that specializes in business, securities, and intellectual property law. The firm’s Senior Partner and Founder Larry Sonsini, is well known as an attorney and advisor to technology companies.

WSGR provides legal services to technology, life sciences, and growth enterprises worldwide, as well as the venture capital firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance them.

During the JPM Healthcare Conference, this exclusive networking event is for board members of biotechnology companies, life sciences and healthcare executives, and venture capitalists, focused on key industry issues.

John with J. Casey McGlynn ( Attorney, Co-founder of Life Science Angels, Co-founder of Us-Japan MedTech Frontiers), Barry J. Linder (President & CEO of Eyedetec Medical, Inc.)

John with Board member and Co-founder of Life Science Angels

John with Carla Brenner (president of HealthTech Women), Ailin Noiset ( #G4AGenerator, former organizer of Health2.0 in Spain) and other friend

John with Chrissa McFarlane (Founder & CEO of patientory) and other great friends from New York, Spain, Atlanta

There were so many great old and new friends, who work in healthcare fields from around the world. Let’s provide ‘Innovations for a healthier life’.




At the intersection of technology and medicine: Digital Medicine & Medtech Showcase

The future of healthcare with convergence of digital innovations


Panels at the Digital Medicine and Medtech Showcase highlight the connectivity created by the convergence of technology and health. There have been vast changes over the past five years, and the future will introduce collaborations and partnerships that will formulate the future of digital medicine and medtech. Launch the video gallery containing a variety of past panel discussions here.  Click here to watch.

If you want to watch more videos, click here.

#DigiMedShow in San Francisco